My time to hear those dreaded words come out of my kids mouth ‘Mom! We’re learning how to play the recorder!”, happened in January. The music teacher sent a note home asking us to send a recorder in with the kids and that they would be earning karate belts for the songs they learned. And lo and behold, at the bottom, it says that they will be having a recorder concert in the Spring! I admit, I cringed! I am 100% for supporting my kids, but this was a tough one to swallow.
I’ve come up with some tips that have helped us over the past couple months of practicing!
1. If the school doesn’t provide the recorder, take your child to a music store to purchase one or you can even buy them from amazon. They are usually under $10 and they don’t sound like a toy as much. Plus they can check out all the different kinds of instruments that might be options for them down the road.
2. Have the kids practice in their rooms, with the door closed. This has saved my ears! He practices in his room and when he feels he’s ready, he comes out to play the song for me. It allows them to hear positive feedback that they’ll need to want to continue practicing.
3. Let them practice with videos on the iPad. RPESrecoder is a great one to start out with. These really helped my son in the beginning.
A couple weeks ago, it just truly clicked for my son. He had done a great job of earning his belts, but was mostly just memorizing the songs. He now completely understands the notes and with each new song he’s given, goes through and writes his letters in and he’s off. He is so thrilled that he can now play anything he could ever want!
So after dealing with hours of practicing, in the car and in the house, I can say I’m so very thankful for this opportunity he’s been given. Yes, there are times that I want to pull my hair out, but in the big perspective of things, he has learned wonderful new skills; reading music, developed problem solving skills, and encourages discipline to work and practice on his own. I also have even more respect for our music teacher that sits through hours of these kids testing for their karate belts each day. We applaud you music teachers!